Saturday, February 27, 2010

Weekend Inspiration

"In calmness there should be activity; in activity there should be calmness."
_____ Anonymous

Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday's Inspiration

Banana blossom

"It is necessary to be noble, and yet it takes humility as a basis. It is necessary to be exalted, and yet take modesty as a foundation."
_____ Lao Tzu

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday's Inspiration

Our backyard gardens.

"You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now."
_____ Wayne Dyer

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday's Inspiration

Silversword Plant only grows in Hawaii at the top of
Haleakala volcano crater area above 6800 foot elevation.
Silversword in bloom, only happens once and
plant must be 30 to 50 years old.

"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labour and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both."
_____ Francoise Rene Auguste Chateaubriand

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday's Inspiration

European Fantail Palm

"The quieter you become, the more you can hear."
_____ Ram Dass

Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday's Inspiration


"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is in knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."
_____ Ray Bradbury

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Weekend Inspiration

"Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today."
_____ John Dryden

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday's Inspiration

"If you understand, things are just as they are; If you do not understand, things are just as they are."
_____ Zen Proverb

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday's Inspiration

"Speak the truth, do not become angered, and give when asked, even be it a little. By these three conditions one goes to the presence of the Gods."
_____ Buddha

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday's Inspiration

"The wholeness of life has, from of old, been made manifest in its parts; clarity has been made manifest in heaven, firmness in earth, purity in the spirit..."
_____ Lao Tzu

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday's Inspiration

Lantana Bush

"Don't be surprised, Don't be startled; all things will arrange themselves.
Don't cause a disturbance, don't exert pressure; all things will clarify themselves."
_____ Huai Nan Tzu

Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday's Inspiration

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."
_____ Rabindranath Tagore

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday's Inspiration

"The practice of true reality is simply to sit serenely in silent introspection. When you have fathomed this, you cannot be turned around by external causes and conditions."
_____ Hongzhi Zhengjue

A couple people have been asking where do I get my pictures from. The answer is photos I have taken from our trips to Hawaii and pictures of our gardens. I am glad that people are enjoying this feature on my blog. I am going to strive to make it a feature for the rest of the year so keep visiting, there are lots to come.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Century Doily/ Party Time Doily

The century doily that everyone is talking about was also published as the Party Time Doily from Traditional Tatting Patterns edited by Rita Weiss and I made it with Tourmaline Hand Dyed Thread from Yarnplayer size 80. This is my favorite thread that she makes so far.
I have also made this doily in Altin Basak size 50 thread which turned out very well. I would highly recommend trying this pattern. It was well written and the result is fantastic.

Thursday's Inspiration

"Be broad-minded, whole, without relying on others."
_____ Hongzhi Zhengjue

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday's Inspiration

Coastline of Kauai (Hawaii)

"In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you love? How deeply did you learn to let go?"
_____ Buddha

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday''s Inspiration

"How can we ever lose interest in life? Spring has come again and cherry trees bloom again in the mountains."
_____ Ryokan

Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday's Inspiration

I hope people are enjoying these inspirations. I post them in the hope that it helps at least one person start the day with a more positive outlook.
"Spring has it's hundred flowers, autumn it's many moons. Summer has cool winds, winter it's snow. If useless thoughts do not cloud your mind, each day is the best of your life."
_____ Wu-Men-Hui-Kai

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Weekend Inspiration

Bannana palm tree blossom

"By sitting alone all day long I clear my mind of a thousand thoughts. To speak of this is beyond words; only by sitting under the quiet forest can we ever understand."
_____ Fa Yen

Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday's Inspiration

"Keep your head clear and transparent and you will never be bound. A single disturbed thought, though, creates ten thousand distractions. Let myriad things captivate you and you'll go further and further astray. How painful to see people all wrapped up in themselves."
_____ Ryokan

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thursday's Inspiration

"My advice is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate."
_____ Thornton Wilder

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday's Inspiration

(This is the waterfall in Hawaii where they filmed the movie Jurassic Park)

"Sincerity is the fulfillment of our own nature, and to arrive at it we need only follow our own true self. Sincerity is the beginning and end of existence; without it, nothing can endure. Therefore the mature person values sincerity above all things."
_____ Tzu-Ssu

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday's Inspiration

"There's no time for confused thoughts. Practice the meaning of single-mindedness."
_____ Godrakpa

Monday, February 1, 2010